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New York State Political News
Monday, December 10, 2018
Vol. 18, No. 234
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New York Governor

  1. Allow NY lottery winners to stay anonymous? Andrew Cuomo says no - Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, (Andrew Cuomo), December 10, 2018
  2. The progressive bills of 2019 - City & State, (Andrew Cuomo), December 10, 2018
  3. Major win for farmers in NYS, property tax exemption extended - WBNG-TV, (Andrew Cuomo), December 10, 2018
  4. New bill requires all NYS schools to report sexual misconduct allegations - WNYT, (Andrew Cuomo), December 9, 2018
  5. Companies commit to creating drone-related jobs - News - Utica Observer Dispatch, (Andrew Cuomo), December 9, 2018
  6. The Democratic divide - City & State, (Andrew Cuomo), December 9, 2018
  7. Capitol Connection: Cuomo has nothing to lose from presidential run - Oneida Dispatch, (Andrew Cuomo), December 8, 2018
  8. Outgoing NY Rep. Faso Speaks To Wide-Ranging Issues - WAMC, (Edward Cox), December 7, 2018
  9. Christopher Columbus monument added as protected landmark - PIX11 New York, (Andrew Cuomo), December 7, 2018
  10. Will legal cannabis save New York’s subway? - The GrowthOp, (Andrew Cuomo), December 7, 2018
  11. When is the Tappan Zee Bridge coming down? We tried to find out but no one will say - The Journal News |, (Andrew Cuomo), December 7, 2018
  12. State lawmakers' $50000 pay raise — BLOOMBERG meets with top Iowa Dems — NYCHA weighing break-up to save itself - Politico, (Andrew Cuomo), December 7, 2018
  13. Amazon's HQ2 deal represents what's wrong with American politics - The Guardian, (Andrew Cuomo), December 7, 2018
US Senate

  1. Parade of 2020 Democratic hopefuls in NH is well underway - The Union Leader, (Kirsten Gillibrand), December 8, 2018
  2. U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand has a new children's book and says she may run for president in 2020 - WNYT, (Kirsten Gillibrand), December 8, 2018
  3. Sen. Gillibrand calls for investigation into Jeffery Epstein prosecution -, (Kirsten Gillibrand), December 8, 2018
  4. Senator Gillibrand Calls On FAA To Implement Law Regarding PFAS - WAMC, (Kirsten Gillibrand), December 8, 2018
  5. Chuck Schumer injects climate change fight into infrastructure deal - Washington Times, (Chuck Schumer), December 7, 2018
  6. Schumer and Pelosi play hardball with Republicans - Conservative Review, (Chuck Schumer), December 7, 2018
  7. Schumer: Trump's New Attorney General Pick Will Have 'Steep Hill to Climb,' Must Vow to Protect Mueller - Independent Journal Review, (Chuck Schumer), December 7, 2018
  8. Should Joe Manchin (D-COAL) be the top Dem on the Senate Energy Committee? - Red, Green, and Blue, (Chuck Schumer), December 7, 2018
  9. Finally, the political moment for climate action has arrived - The Washington Post, (Chuck Schumer), December 7, 2018
  10. Gillibrand, Democratic senators demand sweeping probe of sweetheart plea deal for pedophile hedge fund manager - New York Daily News, (Kirsten Gillibrand), December 7, 2018
  11. 2020 Preseason: Exits and Injuries - U.S. News & World Report, (Kirsten Gillibrand), December 7, 2018
  12. Trump Jr. slams Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand over 'future is female' tweet - AOL, (Kirsten Gillibrand), December 7, 2018
  13. An ‘unprecedented’ number of Democrats in Congress want to be president - The Washington Post, (Kirsten Gillibrand), December 7, 2018
  14. Democrat Sens. Have Message for FCC's Pai: Texting Should Be Title II - Multichannel News, (Kirsten Gillibrand), December 7, 2018
New York Attorney General

  1. Donald Trump besieged by 'presidential harassment' - Washington Times, (Eric Schneiderman), December 9, 2018
  2. New AG James names LIers to transition team - Newsday, (Letitia James), December 9, 2018
  3. EXCLUSIVE: Council bill would apply new contribution limits to special election for public advocate - NY Daily - New York Daily News, (Letitia James), December 7, 2018
  4. Build a real firewall between consulting and lobbying - City & State, (Letitia James), December 7, 2018
New York Comptroller

  1. Why N.Y. Lawmakers Think They Deserve a $50,000 Raise - The New York Times, (Tom DiNapoli), December 9, 2018
  2. DiNapoli heads to Poland for UN Climate Conference - The Wichita Eagle, (Tom DiNapoli), December 9, 2018
  3. UB found lax with handling toxic chemicals - WBFO, (Tom DiNapoli), December 8, 2018
  4. Former fire department treasurer pleads guilty to embezzlement - Mid-Hudson News, (Tom DiNapoli), December 8, 2018
  5. New York State Common to add $3 billion to sustainable investment program - Pensions & Investments, (Tom DiNapoli), December 7, 2018
  6. Alan Chartock's The Capitol Connection: Someone is giving Cuomo good advice - Troy Record, (Tom DiNapoli), December 7, 2018
New York City Mayor

  1. Queens will get additional Citi Bike services as mayor announces citywide expansion - TimesLedger, (Bill de Blasio), December 10, 2018
  2. Subway Riders Protest MTA's Proposed Fare Hike Amid Poor Service - WCBS 880, (Bill de Blasio), December 9, 2018
  3. Queens City Council members outraged over reported firing of OEM Commissioner Joe Esposito - TimesLedger, (Bill de Blasio), December 9, 2018
  4. Team Blas gets caught evading the law - New York Post, (Bill de Blasio), December 8, 2018
  5. NYCHA might split itself up into five different agencies - The Real Deal Magazine, (Bill de Blasio), December 7, 2018
  6. De Blasio indicates support for making restaurants accept cash - Crain's New York Business, (Bill de Blasio), December 7, 2018
  7. Amazon Go beware: New York legislation proposes ban on cash-free stores - The Week Magazine, (Bill de Blasio), December 7, 2018
  8. New York's War On Uber, Lyft And Other Ride-Sharing Companies - Investor's Business Daily, (Bill de Blasio), December 7, 2018
  9. De Blasio Administration Announces Locations of Two Planned City Health Diversion Centers, New York City Mayor: Press Releases, December 7, 2018
  10. Are the Mayor's Absences from City Hall Hurting NYC? - NY1, (Bill de Blasio), December 7, 2018
Assembly Speaker

  1. Why N.Y. Lawmakers Think They Deserve a $50,000 Raise - The New York Times, (Sheldon Silver), December 9, 2018
  2. The Democratic divide - City & State, (Carl Heastie), December 9, 2018
  3. Questions swirl around NY lawmakers' pay-raise panel - Times Union, (Sheldon Silver; Carl Heastie), December 7, 2018
  4. New York Legislators Get an Unconstitutional Pay Raise | James Coll - City Journal, (Carl Heastie), December 7, 2018
Independent Democratic Conference

  1. The Democratic divide - City & State, (Simcha Felder), December 9, 2018
11th Congressional District - (Rose)

  1. Rose and Grimm tussling already as 2020 comes early (commentary) -, (Max Rose; Dan Donovan), December 9, 2018
  2. Five House Democrats to Watch (Not Named Ocasio-Cortez) - Bloomberg, (Max Rose), December 9, 2018
  3. Michael Grimm says door ‘wide open’ for run against Max Rose in 2020 -, (Max Rose; Dan Donovan), December 7, 2018
  4. Midterm Elections Bring About Historic Firsts in D.C. - The Banner Newspaper, (Max Rose; Dan Donovan), December 7, 2018
  5. Trump signs funding stopgap, setting holiday fight on wall - Fox 28, (Max Rose), December 7, 2018
17th Congressional District (Lowey)

  1. Chris Christie’s Biggest Failure Could Be Phil Murphy’s Greatest Triumph - Observer, (Nita Lowey), December 8, 2018
  2. Rockefeller State Park Preserve Designated a New York State Historic Place - River Journal Staff, (Nita Lowey), December 7, 2018
  3. Top Jewish Democrat: Netanyahu, Dermer wrong to defend Trump on antisemitism - The Jerusalem Post - Israel News, (Nita Lowey), December 7, 2018
19th Congressional District (Delgado)

  1. The Fray: Faso touts his efforts in DC to cut costs in NY - recordonline, (Antonio Delgado), December 8, 2018
  2. Rep. Antonio Delgado Backed a Green New Deal on the Campaign Trail, but Hasn’t Since the Election - The Intercept, (Antonio Delgado), December 7, 2018
  3. Faso discusses term in House, his loss, state of GOP in NY and Trump - MidHudsonNews, (Antonio Delgado; John Faso), December 7, 2018
21st Congressional District (Stefanik)

  1. Stefanik purchases home in town of Saratoga - The Post-Star, (Elise Stefanik), December 8, 2018
  2. Scalise backs Stefanik's push to help GOP women in primaries - The Hill, (Elise Stefanik), December 7, 2018
22nd Congressional District (Brindisi)

  1. GUEST VIEW: Social media can send you in many directions - Uticaod, (Anthony Brindisi), December 8, 2018
  2. Surge of donors boosted Brindisi in final days of campaign for Congress -, (Anthony Brindisi; Claudia Tenney), December 7, 2018
24th Congressional District (Katko)

  1. Dana Balter outspent John Katko in final weeks of campaign for Congress -, (John Katko), December 7, 2018
  2. Price tag of Balter vs. Katko House race: More than $9 million - Auburn Citizen, (John Katko), December 7, 2018
25th Congressional District (Slaughter)

  1. Congress faces final deadline to undo Trump’s net neutrality repeal - ThinkProgress, (Joe Morelle), December 9, 2018
  2. Rochester's Ukrainian Americans remember the late Rep. Slaughter and the late Sen. McCain - The Ukrainian Weekly, (Joe Morelle), December 7, 2018
27th Congressional District (Collins)

  1. Analysis | The Trailer: What we learned from all the 2018 results: The winners, losers, flippers, voters and spenders - Washington Post, (Chris Collins), December 9, 2018
  2. Have All House Races Been Called? Some 2018 Midterm Results Are Proving Tricky To Determine - Bustle, (Nate McMurray; Chris Collins), December 7, 2018
NY Senate: District 9 - Kaminsky/Skelos Seat

  1. State lawmakers getting pay raise for first time in 20 years - News 12 Long Island, (Todd Kaminsky), December 7, 2018

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Incumbents in Congress

  1. Nadler & Cummings Release Statement on Comey Interview, Congressman Jerrold Nadler - New York, 10th (D), December 8, 2018
  2. Nadler Statement on the Nomination of William Barr for Attorney General, Congressman Jerrold Nadler - New York, 10th (D), December 8, 2018
  3. Engel Statement on Nomination of Heather Nauert to be Ambassador to the United Nations, Congressman Eliot Engel - New York, 16th (D), December 7, 2018
  4. Engel Welcomes GAO Report on Reintegration of Central American Migrants, Congressman Eliot Engel - New York, 16th (D), December 7, 2018
  5. Engel Demands Answers on U.S. Military Vehicles in Guatemala, Congressman Eliot Engel - New York, 16th (D), December 7, 2018
  6. Rep. Meeks Issues Statement on Nauert’s Nomination to UN Ambassador, Congressman Gregory W. Meeks - New York, 5th (D), December 7, 2018
  7. Nadler, Castro, Cummings, Thompson Ask DHS OIG to Investigate Toddler Death Shortly After Release From a Texas Detention Center, Congressman Jerrold Nadler - New York, 10th (D), December 7, 2018
Incumbents NY State - Press Releases

  1. Strengthening New York's Concord Grape Industry, New York State Governor: Press Releases, December 7, 2018
  2. A.G. Underwood Announces Jail Time For Southampton Princess Diner Owner And Recovery Of $132,000 In Stolen Wages For 23 Restaurant Workers, Attorney General: New York, December 7, 2018
  3. A.G. Underwood Announces Sentencing Of Albany General Contractor In $800K Fraud Scheme, Attorney General: New York, December 7, 2018
  4. Supportive Housing for Homeless New Yorkers, New York State Governor: Press Releases, December 7, 2018
Incumbents NY State - News

  1. Long Island Upsets Usher In State Senate Firsts - Long Island Press, (John Flanagan), December 7, 2018
  2. NY Senate 50th district campaign cost $3 million, or $25 per vote -, (John Flanagan), December 7, 2018
NY State Senate

  1. The Democratic divide - City & State, (Andrea Stewart-Cousins (D) - Yonkers; Shelley Mayer), December 9, 2018
  2. Child Victims Act getting a hard second look - Newsday, (Andrea Stewart-Cousins (D) - Yonkers), December 9, 2018
  3. Legalizing Cannabis Could Save New York's Decrepit Subway System - Civilized, (NY Senate: Mike Gianaris (D) - Astoria), December 9, 2018
  4. New York lawmakers to get top pay, without sticking their necks out - The Journal News |, (Andrea Stewart-Cousins (D) - Yonkers), December 7, 2018
  5. NY Senate 50th district campaign cost $3 million, or $25 per vote -, (Andrea Stewart-Cousins (D) - Yonkers), December 7, 2018
  6. NY state lawmakers getting 3-year pay raise totaling 63% - The Daily Freeman, (Andrea Stewart-Cousins (D) - Yonkers), December 7, 2018
  7. Raise a glass: In praise of New York's legislative pay panel, which had guts when it counted - NY Daily News - New York Daily News, (Andrea Stewart-Cousins (D) - Yonkers), December 7, 2018
  8. Albany's education to-do list - City & State, (Shelley Mayer), December 7, 2018
  9. Amazon Is Bringing in Elite Lobbyists Amid Seething Rage Over HQ2 - VICE, (NY Senate: Mike Gianaris (D) - Astoria), December 7, 2018
  10. Poll: Most Queens voters want Amazon in Long Island City - Queens Chronicle, (NY Senate: Mike Gianaris (D) - Astoria), December 7, 2018
  11. Will legal cannabis save New York’s subway? - The GrowthOp, (NY Senate: Mike Gianaris (D) - Astoria), December 7, 2018

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U. S. Senate (Murphy)

  1. Blumenthal: Danger Is That Bill Barr Will Commit A "Saturday Night Massacre In Slow Motion" - RealClearPolitics, (Richard Blumenthal), December 9, 2018
  2. Blumenthal seeks new alert system for missing adults - Miami Herald, (Richard Blumenthal), December 9, 2018
  3. 'He should be worried': Trump now in Nixon territory, says Senate Democrat - Washington Examiner, (Christopher Murphy), December 9, 2018
  4. Capitol Report: Murphy helps pass budget that allocates money for Congressional interns -, (Christopher Murphy), December 9, 2018
  5. Trump blasts Blumenthal after senator calls him an 'unindicted co-conspirator' | TheHill - The Hill, (Richard Blumenthal), December 8, 2018
  6. Sen. Blumenthal jabs NFL for response to violence against women, calls for end to guaranteed antitrust exemption - Hartford Courant, (Richard Blumenthal), December 7, 2018
  7. Trump announces he'll nominate William Barr as next attorney general - Sand Hills Express, (Richard Blumenthal), December 7, 2018
  8. Google Hearing to Preview Democrats’ Strategy on Big Tech - New York Times, (Richard Blumenthal), December 7, 2018
  9. With at least 16 members running, Congress will be another staging ground for 2020 presidential race - Savannah Morning News, (Christopher Murphy), December 7, 2018
  10. Chris Murphy works behind scenes as Democrats prepare to vote on next state party chairman - Hartford Courant, (Christopher Murphy), December 7, 2018
  11. We had questions about the economy, guns and more. Chris Murphy had answers. - The Washington Post, (Christopher Murphy), December 7, 2018
  12. 'Significant' questions buried in EPA proposal - Politico, (Christopher Murphy), December 7, 2018

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Voting Issues

  1. More Evidence Of Illegal Activity Emerges In North Carolina Congressional Race - HuffPost, (Vote Fraud), December 8, 2018
  2. The GOP Is Using Republican Election Fraud to Try to Punish Democrats - Slate, (Voter Intimidation), December 7, 2018



Democracy for America

  1. 'You don't just get to say that you're progressive': The left moves to defend its brand - POLITICO, (Democracy for America), December 9, 2018
  2. ‘The party could explode’: Democrats prepare for wild 2020 ride - The Guardian, (Democracy for America), December 8, 2018
  3. Elizabeth Warren's Political Trail of Tears | Election - PJ Media, (Democracy for America), December 8, 2018



Election Law Blog

  1. Democratic Party Machine in Chicago Blocks 19-Year-Old Student from Running for Alderman, Potentially Committing Election Fraud, December 10, 2018
  2. Tonight’s Must Read from Politico Magazine: “Distrustful, Desperate and Forgotten: A Recipe for Election Fraud”, December 10, 2018
  3. “Facebook Censors at Random; The social network’s rules on political advertising burden nonprofits and are impossible to understand.”, December 10, 2018
  4. NYT Deep Dive on Work of McCrae Dowless, at Center of #NC09 Bladen Absentee Ballot Scandal, December 9, 2018
  5. “Prosecutors Effectively Accuse Trump of Defrauding Voters. What Does It Mean?”, December 9, 2018
  6. Thought of the Day: Did Trump Commit Just a Paperwork Error in Failing to Report Hush Money Payments to Mistresses before the Election?, December 9, 2018
  7. “The Daily 202: This week foreshadows the continuing escalation of the voting wars”, December 8, 2018
  8. 9th Circuit Considering Case Arguing Federal Foreign Contribution Ban Cannot Apply to Actions in State or Local Elections, December 8, 2018
  9. “Judge rejects challenge to winner-take-all election system”, December 8, 2018
  10. “Republicans Are Using Potential GOP Election Crimes in North Carolina to Push for More Voter Suppression Measures”, December 7, 2018
  11. SDNY Sentencing Memo: Michael Cohen “Acted in Coordination with and at the Direction of” Donald Trump in Making Two Payments to Women to Keep Them Silent About Affairs Before Election, December 7, 2018
  12. “Judge voids key pieces of Arizona law gutting campaign finance rules”, December 7, 2018
  13. “Election Fraud Scandal in North Carolina (Podcast)”, December 7, 2018
  14. Democratic and Republican AG Associations Collecting Big Bucks, December 7, 2018
  15. “North Carolina Republican Owes $34,310 for Disputed Absentee Ballot and Turnout Work, Records Show”, December 7, 2018
  16. “Democrat Dan McCready withdraws his concession in North Carolina congressional race roiled by accusations of fraud”, December 7, 2018
  17. “Supreme Court discussing partisan gerrymandering behind closed doors Friday”, December 7, 2018
  18. “Disputed House race puts spotlight on ‘ballot harvesting’”, December 7, 2018
  19. “‘Contagion’: After Midterms, GOP Steps Up National Effort To Limit Voting Rights”, December 7, 2018


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